Elderly and poor targeted as fraud rises 25%

The elderly and the poor are being targeted among around 4 million people who are victims of scams each year, according to the Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB).

Fraud offences in England Wales were up 25% year-on-year in 2013, with over 200,000 cases reported to Action Fraud, the fraud and online crime reporting service.

However, CAB said the real figure was likely to be much higher because a lot of fraud goes unreported.